Monasticism has a long story dating back to the early desert fathers and mothers.
Monasticism (from Greek μοναχός, monachos, derived from μόνος, monos, “alone”) or monkhood is a religious way of life that involves renouncing worldly pursuits to fully devote one’s self to spiritual work. Monastic life plays an important role in many Christian churches, especially in the Catholic and Orthodox tradition. Similar forms of religious life also exist in other faiths, most notably in Buddhism, but also Hinduism and Jainism, though the expressions differ considerably.
What is New Monasticism? Adam Bucko and Rory Mc Entee describe the new monastic spirit which is emerging throughout the world at present. ‘We assert that new monasticism names an impulse that is trying to incarnate itself in the new generation. It is beyond the borders of any particular religious institution, yet drinks deeply from the wells of our wisdom traditions. It is an urge which speaks to a profoundly contemplative life, to the formation of small communities of friends, to sacred activism and to discovering together the unique calling of every person and every community’ (New Monasticism – An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Life in the 21st Century)
The people on these pages provide a pointer from the past towards a new and considered understanding in the present.